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Poster: high flow Date: Nov 17, 2006 10:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: History of the World

If you don't believe in God or other "higher power", do you believe in kharma?

I ask because I always wonder how atheists manage "the moral compass". In other words, if you don't believe in 'something bigger' or 'after-life' why be a good person while you are here.

I DO believe there is 'something' which we cannot comprehend. I am not sure WHAT will happen to me, but I keep my compass pointed toward truth and kindness. No matter what you believe, that should be your heading, but to atheists, why??? If you are a mold spore, be a bad mold spore. There is no down-side. Right? Am I missing something?

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Poster: mcglone Date: Nov 17, 2006 10:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: History of the World

i really don't care for labels man. if i must, i suppose i'm agnostic. isn't the golden rule really a spin on kharma? i have faith in my family, my partner, some friends and once in a blue moon myself. i'm a first generation canadian, my folks are right off the boat irish, so i was brought up catholic, they still practice. at an early age i dismissed their faith and went for long walks, usually with a fishing pole in hand while they attended mass. i get off on sunsets, not scripture.

ian

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 17, 2006 10:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: History of the World

Yeah, you are missing something. First of all I'm not an athiest I'm agnostic, BIG difference. Second, why the assumption that we are inherently bad? How do you explain that most if not all animals don't kill or screw with things except to survive? Surely they aren't probably on the intellectual level to think about God. So where does the moral compass of a deer come from?

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Poster: mcglone Date: Nov 17, 2006 11:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: History of the World

i really don't care for labels man. if you must, i suppose i'm agnostic. isn't the golden rule really a spin on kharma? i have faith in my family, my partner, some friends and once in a blue moon myself. i'm a first generation canadian, my folks are right off the boat irish, so i was brought up catholic, they still practice. at an early age i dismissed their faith and went for long walks, usually with a fishing pole in hand while they attended mass. i get off on sunsets, not scripture.

ian